The Daily Wrazz: […] And she knows of what she sings, even when reduced to the Internet shorthand of “WTF,” a rage amplified by Nancy’s steady six-string gallop. But with her legendarily stratospheric range, Ann doesn’t project in text-message brevity; when she produces a cell phone on “Death Valley” — where all are joined by none other than Rush’s Geddy Lee (Mazel) — she pounds the following message across her sister’s leveled valleys: “Heaven forbid this place / It’s hotter than hell and I’m losing my cool / This is not of the human race.” In short: >:O. More from this review at The Daily Wrazz
hitfix.com: This week’s Billboard 200 had six debuts in the top 10 and it is likely that next week will match that tally. Also bowing in the upper reaches will be Lyfe Jennings’ “I Still Believe,” which the rapper says will be his last album, at No. 6; Goo Goo Dolls’ “Something for the Rest of Us” at No. 7, Heart’s “Red Velvet Car” at No. 8 and alternative rockers 10 Years’ “Feeding the Wolves” at No. 9.
In a couple of days we’ll know for sure!
All Music Guide: Some classic rock reunions are driven by marketing, some driven by a desperate need to reconnect to the past, some exist merely for the music. Red Velvet Car, Heart’s first album since 2004’s Jupiter’s Darling, belongs to the latter camp: it’s music with no seeming commercial aspirations, music that is connected to the past but doesn’t strive to replicate it. Heart eschews their teased, corseted ‘80s bombast and sticks to the Zep worship of the ‘70s, an obsession that’s proved quite fertile. The Wilson sisters are clearly older than they were when they belted out “Barracuda” — the tempos are generally slower, Ann’s voice doesn’t reach the same heights — but they embrace their age, a move that gives their excursions into folk including a revival “Sand” from their 1990 Lovemongers sideproject, a record that pointed the way toward the textured movie here. Red Velvet Car has something of a meditative mood — the punchy Townshend power chords are used as color, not fuel — triggered somewhat by a preponderance of textured, acoustic-laden arrangements and miniature epics, all elements that hearken back to Heart’s golden age yet wind up feeling right in line with their vibe in 2010. 3,5 stars out of 5
Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer):
Red Velvet Car
(Sony Legacy ***)
The Wilson sisters of Heart were hard rock’s main mamas in the ’70s. Biting, clarion-clear vocalist Ann Wilson; harmony-singing, guitar-slinging sister Nancy; and the pair’s cleanly emotive brand of Zep-inspired folk-and-pop-metal melody ruled the charts. Eventually, they turned into a hair band doing Bic-flicking power ballads and became their own acoustic side project (Lovemongers) in between semiretirements.
Along with gearing up for a catalog overhaul, Heart recorded this stirring first new studio album in six years with warmly dramatic producer Ben Mink. The results are closer in cloyingly contagious melody and intimate lyricism to their early music, as in the cocksure “Queen City.” Yet the album’s mostly acoustic palette of cello, autoharp, banjo, and such allows songs such as the softly sonorous “Hey You” to take your breath away without ever eschewing their ability to rock out, as Heart does on the rousing “WTF.”
Heart, led by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has survived more than three decades of music and fashion, selling 30 million albums in the process. The band’s hits — including “Magic Man,” “Barracuda” and “These Dreams” — remain staples on classic-rock radio, but Heart is still going strong. It’s back with a new album called Red Velvet Car, which the Wilsons discuss in a recent interview with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon. Click here to go to npr.org where you can read more about the interview, find audio from the interview and listen to some Red Velvet Car
STREETPULSE reports DISTURBED”Asylum” (WEA/Reprise) is in the #1 salesposition going into the holiday weekend.
*Knocking on wood* If this actually happens, Red Velvet Car will be one of the most highest charting Heart Albums and highest in 20 years.
Streetpulse also has Red Velvet Car debuting at number one on the AC chart (sept 2nd):